As a researcher and hypnotherapist I have worked with people who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials. I have interviewed UFO researchers, scientists, authors, and people who claim to have secret information.
Physical evidence seems to support many case histories, though some experiences may actually be caused by dreams, mental problems, media indoctrination, or misinterpretation of what the person has seen. All leave an imprint on the psyche of the person, or persons (multiple abductions involved).
Most countries have reports of alien abductions. They occur in large cities as well as the rural areas.
Abductions occur at any time of the day or night.
Many abductions are not reported, because there is no one to tell, or the abductee fears ridicule from others, especially if they feel they have been sexually violated.
People who have been abducted many times keep journals to determine patterns or timetables. They sometimes write books about their experiences.
Abductees have tried many interesting techniques to protect themselves, but to date, I know of no one specific approach that prevents these experiences.
Abductees have reported attempts to video or photograph the events. Some abductees have experimented with infrared film. Most footage is useless.
My opinion of this experience: We are all part of a biogenetic experiment - the abduction phenomena a metaphor for the greater experience. The Grays are part of the programmed illusion as all is a virtual experience in time and emotion.
Often abductees are told that the experience is for some 'greater good'. Always remember that anyone who does anything to you without your permission - or makes your soul feel uncomfortable - does not have your best interests at heart. Be careful what you believe.
The abduction phenomenon is an umbrella term used to describe a number of hypotheses, claims or assertions stating that non-human creatures kidnap individuals, sometimes called abductees, usually for medical testing or for sexual reproduction procedures. Many such encounters are described as terrifying or humiliating, but others describe them as transformative or even pleasant. Reports of the abduction phenomenon have been made from around the world, but have perhaps seen most mainstream attention in the United States. Most abduction cases show these patterns:
Such alleged abductions are often closely connected to UFO reports, and are sometimes supposedly conducted by so-called Greys: Short, grey-skinned humanoids with large, pear-shaped heads and enormous, dark eyes.
Skeptics tend to doubt that the phenomenon occurs literally as reported, and a wide variety of alternate explanations have been proposed (see below). Rather, such skeptics often argue that the phenomenon might be characterized as a type of modern-day folk myth (like the historic belief in vampires).
The alien abduction phenomenon has been the subject of conspiracy theory and as such has become a staple of popular science fiction works such as 'The X-Files.'
While few mainstream scientists believe the phenomenon literally occurs as reported - some experts contend the field is rife with kooks and pseudoscience - there is little doubt that many apparently stable and sincere persons report alien abductions they believe are utterly genuine: as reported in the Harvard University Gazette in 1992, Dr. John Edward Mack investigated over 60 claimed abductees, and "spent countless therapeutic hours with these individuals only to find that what struck him was the 'ordinariness' of the population, including a restaurant owner, several secretaries, a prison guard, college students, a university administrator, and several homemakers ... 'The majority of abductees do not appear to be deluded, confabulating, lying, self-dramatizing, or suffering from a clear mental illness,' he maintained. He has encountered only one person who showed psychotic features."
I met Dr. Mack on several occasion in the 1990's while working as a hypnotherapist with patients of my won in that field. I was saddened to hear about his untimely death in 2004. He was a skeptic, destined to become a believer.
Stigma and self-doubt may be obstacles to more widespread study and/or reporting of the phenomenon, whatever its origins or explanation. Some abduction reports are quite detailed. An entire subculture has developed around the subject, with support groups and a detailed mythos explaining the reasons for abductions: The various aliens (Greys, Reptilians, "Nordics" and so on) are said to have specific roles, origins, and motivations. Abduction claimants do not always attempt to explain the phenomenon, but some take independent research interest in it themselves, and explain the lack of greater awareness of Alien Abduction as the result of either extraterrestrial or governmental interest in cover-up.
Others still are intrigued by the entire phenomenon, but hesitate in making any definitive conclusions. Emergency room physician Dr. John G. Miller asks, "How can a person have any firmly held belief about this when it's so mysterious? The opinions of the true believers are hard to swallow; and the opinions of the die-hard skeptics are not based on reality either. There is some middle ground ... It's clear that this is some sort of powerful subjective experience. But I do not know what the objective reality is. It's as if the evidence leads us in both directions." (Bryan, 162) Similarly, the late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack concluded, "The furthest you can go at this point is to say there's an authentic mystery here. And that is, I think, as far as anyone ought to go." (emphasis as in original)(Bryan, 269)
Putting aside the question of whether abduction reports are literally and objectively "real", literature professor Terry Matheson argues that their popularity and their intriguing appeal is easily understood. Tales of abduction "are intrinsically absorbing; it is hard to imagine a more vivid description of human powerlessness." After experiencing the frisson of delightful terror one may feel from reading ghost stories or watching horror movies, Matheson notes that people "can return to the safe world of their homes, secure in the knowledge that the phenomenon in question cannot follow. But as the abduction myth has stated almost from the outset, there is no avoiding alien abductors." (Matheson, 297)
Even hearing a tape recording of (or watching a video recording of) a hypnotic regression session can be a chilling experience, leaving little doubt to some observers that the individual is either an accomplished actor, or genuinely believes they are reliving a horrifying experience. Once hypnotized and supposedly recalling an abduction event, some people relate the event calmly, while others may beg pathetically for the event to stop, cry in apparent horror, shout angrily or tremble with fear.
Matheson writes that when compared to the earlier contactee reports, abduction accounts are distinguished by their "relative sophistication and subtlety, which enabled them to enjoy an immediately more favorable reception from the public."
Know one knows has far alien abductions and experiments go in the history of humanity, but it would seem that these events have occurred since the beginning of time, as if human DNA is part of an 'alien experiment'.
Some people trace alien abduction accounts to the 1930s if not earlier. Many people they go back to the time of pre WW II and Hitler's underground projects - though no tangible proof has been given.
The so-called Richard Shaver Mystery of the 1940s has some similarities to later abduction accounts, as well, with sinister beings said to be kidnapping and torturing humans.
The UFO contactees of the 1950s claimed to have contacted aliens, but the substance of contactee narratives were often quite different from alien abduction accounts.
Neither the contactees (people who report conversations with aliens) nor these early abduction accounts, however, saw much attention from ufology, then still largely reluctant to consider close encounters of the third kind, where occupants of UFOs are allegedly seen.
The notion of being kidnapped by extraterrestrials goes back at least to the mid-1950s, with the Antonio Villas Boas case (which didn't receive much attention until several years later).
In the early years, abductees were afraid to come forward and tell their stories. They feared ridicule by family, friends, and co-workers or government threats to keep them quiet. There were no support groups and no where to turn. As the years passed that all was destined to change.
Betty and Barney HillSeptember 19, 1961
Widespread publicity was generated by the Barney and Betty Hill abduction case of 1961 (again not widely known until several years afterwards), culminating in a made for television film broadcast in 1975 (starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons) dramatizing the events. The Hill incident was probably the prototypical abduction case, and was the first in which the beings explicitly identified an extraterrestrial origin (the star Zeta Reticuli was later suspected as their point of origin.)
As the story goes ... On September 19, 1961 on US Route 3 near the village of Lancaster. Barney and Betty Hill of Portsmouth, New Hampshire were traveling home after a vacation in Canada when they saw a moving light in the sky. Every now and then they would stop and check on the unusual light that seemed to "fly" an erratic course. They drove on towards the White Mountains, noting that the object was now much larger and following a parallel course to their car.
Approaching Indian Head, the light appeared directly ahead of them Barney Hill left the engine running and got out of the car to observe the strange object with a pair of binoculars. He observed what he described as "5 to 11 figures moving behind a double row of windows".
Betty Hill, who was observing her husband from her side of the car, heard her husband repeating, "I don't believe it! I don't believe it! This is ridiculous!" She, however, was unable to see the figures or the descent of the UFO. The object was now approximately 70-feet overhead and about 100-feet distant when Barney Hill ran back to the car exclaiming, "They are going to capture us!". He got back in the car and drove away at a 'break-neck' speed.
During this time Betty Hill was still unable to see the object but her husband thought that it was directly over the car. They heard a loud beeping noise, similar to the sound of a "tuning fork", and then they felt very drowsy. When they awoke, they found themselves driving near Ashland, two hours later. Ashland is 35- miles south of Indian Head, a twenty or thirty minute drive. They continued their drive home, feeling somewhat uneasy and confused about their missing two hours.
The next day they reported their experience to officials at Pease Air Force Base. A few days later, an investigator from the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) documented both of their stories.
Their experience was far from over. Within ten days of the incident, Betty Hill began having recurring nightmares in which 8 to 11 "men" would stand in the middle of the road and stop the Hills' car. They would then be led into a disk-shaped craft and examined.
Samples of hair and skin would be taken. Continued anxiety led both of the Hills to seek the help of Dr. Benjamin Simon, a Boston psychiatrist who specialized in treating personality disorders and amnesia through hypnotherapy, which was becoming popular.
Their treatment lasted for six months. With time regression hypnosis, many details of their encounter were revealed. The detail in which both Hills described their abductors and the subsequent examination matched closely to each other as well as to Betty Hill's nightmares. Betty Hill, under posthypnotic suggestion, was able to draw a "star map" detailing the origin of the alien abductors. The amazing configuration of Betty's map was not to be realized for some years.
An astronomical investigation, based on information that was not available in 1961, produced a controversial match between Betty's "star map" and a cluster of previously unknown stars near two stars called Zeta Reticuli.
Dr. Simon later stated that his professional opinion of the Hill's abduction account was that it was mere fantasy. As a prominent Boston psychiatrist, it would be particularly damaging to his reputation to 'believe' that the Hill's story was anything but a product of their collective imaginations. His reasoning for his conclusion was that "people do not necessarily tell the factual truth while they are under hypnosis - all they tell is what they believe to be the truth.
The Pascagoula Abduction is, after the Hill Abduction, perhaps the best-known reported Abduction Phenomenon, where the victims report being kidnapped by aliens.
On the evening of October 11, 1973, 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker - coworkers at a shipyard - were fishing in the Pascagoula River in Mississippi, USA. While fishing off a pier at an abandoned shipyard, they heard a whirring or whizzing sound, saw flashing blue lights, and reported that a domed, football-shaped aircraft some 100 feet across suddenly appeared near them.
The ship seemed to levitate about 14 inches above the ground. A door opened on the ship, they said, and three five-foot-tall creatures emerged and seized the men, and floated or levitated them into the craft. Both men reported being paralyzed and numb. Parker fainted due to fright.
On the ship, Hickson claimed he was examined by a mechanical eye that seemed to scan his body. Parker could not recall what had happened to him inside the craft, although later, during sessions of hypnotic regression he offered some hazy details. The men were released after about 20 minutes and the creatures levitated them back to their original position on the river bank.
Both men were shaken and terrified by what had happened. They claimed to have sat in a car for about 45 minutes, trying to calm themselves. Hickson drank some whiskey. After some discussion, they tried to report their story to officials at Kessler Air Force Base, but personnel told them the United States Air Force had nothing to do with UFO reports, and suggested the men notify police.
At about 10:30pm, Hickson and Parker arrived at the Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff's office. Sheriff Fred Diamond thought the men seemed sincere, and genuinely frightened and thought Parker was especially shaken, but harbored some doubt about the fantastic story, due to Hickson's admitted whiskey consumption.
Diamond interviewed the men, who related their story. After repeated questioning, Diamond left the two men alone in a room that was, unknown to Hickson or Parker, rigged with a hidden microphone. Diamond expected that if the pair had invented a story, they would change their attitude and conversation when alone. Hickson and Parker, however continued discussing the abduction and its effects upon them. This so-called "secret tape" is held on file at the Jackson County Sheriff's department, and is available for researchers to listen to.
The next day, Parker and Hickson returned to their normal lives. Rumors of the abduction had spread. A company lawyer at the Shipyard where Parker and Hickson worked suspected the story might be worth a small fortune, and discussed the story widely. By October 13, reporters from a number of news agencies arrived to write accounts of the event, which received international attention. Dr J. Allen Hynek was among those who arrived to investigate.
Excitement and controversy continued for several weeks. Parker experienced a nervous collapse or breakdown, and recovered at a Jones County, Mississippi community hospital. Parker has avoided most public attention since the event. Hickson appeared on Dick Cavett's talk show in January, 1974, and speaks at occasional UFO conferences; he has co-written written a book about the event with William Mendez titled UFO contact at Pascagoula (1983, reprinted 1987).
Hickson, Charles and William Mendez. UFO Contact At Pascagoula Gautier: Charles Hickson, 1987.
On Wednesday, November 5, 1975, seven men in Michael H. Rogers' brush-clearing crew were going home after a day's work in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest near Snowflake, Arizona.
Suddenly they saw a light in the forest that seemed to come from an object hovering close to the ground. They stopped to investigate, and one of the men, 22-year-old Travis Walton, got out of the truck and went on foot to get a closer look.
A bolt of intense blue-green light struck him, and his companions panicked and drove away. After a few minutes, they went back to look for Walton, only to find that he had vanished.
They drove into town and reported the disappearance to the authorities,
and a search of the area was undertaken. No trace of Walton was found.
When he awakens, Travis finds himself in a very strange seamless metallic room. He is in great pain, and notices that he is not alone. He tries to fend them off as they apparently attempt to calm him. They finally leave, quietly.
The image of the eyes of the beings became burned into Travis's memory.
An odd silent man with transparent helmet appears in the doorway of the fantastic "planetarium"
Travis had discovered as he explored the craft. The man silently escorts Travis down the hall.
After a few minutes, they leave the craft and enter what appears to be a huge mothership (although there was never a chance to see outside). Several other craft were parked inside the room. The shape of the room hints that this might be a cylindrically shaped craft, as is commonly reported by others.
Travis is immediately led down a hall to a room where this couple are found. They never speak, as with the first man. Their skin is strangely wrinkle and blemish free, and their eyes are odd in some way. They don't seem to be human as we know them. The mask held by the woman is used to put Travis into a state of unconsciousness.
The authorities were suspicious that the crew had killed Walton themselves, but Walton reappeared five days later near Heber, Arizona, telling a tale of being abducted by aliens.
The Brooklyn Bridge Abduction was the subject of Budd Hopkin's third book Witnessed. I have driven past the building where the abduction allegedly too place in lower Manhattan. I believe these and similar cases that have multiply witnesses - are part of awakening humanity to events beyond the third dimension.
The Brooklyn Bridge Abduction took place in lower Manhattan - just adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge and East River o November 30, 1989 at approximately 3:15 AM. Hopkins says that the sighting lasted between one and two minutes. During that time cars went dead of the FDR drive - along side the East River. He says that a total of 4 people were abducted that night. Witnesses saw a UFO over her building. It had a red glow. Beams of white light came down from the UFO. Beings were seen moving through her window to the ship.
Linda Cortile [aka Linda Napolitano, her "assumed name for reasons of anonymity" - presumably the time for anonymity has passed - BK], is the "abductee" in this case. Our fourteenth slide is of her apartment building. Linda Cortile came to Hopkins in 1989 after reading his book Intruders in which there was a chapter about a surgical scar. Linda was upset by this because her doctor discovered she had a surgical scar in her nostril yet she had never had a medical operation.
She wrote to Hopkins. She had actually saved the receipt from that doctor's appointment. Why? Hopkins wondered. The fifteenth slide was of the view through her window. During their early meetings Linda had been talking to Hopkins about "early memories" but on the 30th of November 1989 she rang Hopkins after an "incident."
As she was going to sleep she had felt a 'presence' and paralysis creeping over her and she saw a small black-eyed figure. She threw something at him and her arms were paralyzed as a result. Her next memory was of being on an "examination table." Question - what had been "blocked" by/from her memory? She had floated through a closed window and was lifted into a "craft." At the end of the "abduction" she was dropped onto her bed. She got up then and found she could not rouse her children. She thought that they weren't breathing. Her husband and children seemed to be switched off.
Later witness would come forward. Many people reported seeing the same ship including a car with two federal agents and a UN official.
Fifteen months later policemen revealed that they had seen the abduction take place. They had seen a women or small child floating in the fetal position through the window. There were small figures there - one above her and two below (Linda had never seen them). The policemen were Richard and Dan and they exchanged letters with Hopkins and he also received a letter from another witness.
Apparently the lights on the roadway went out and the witness' car stopped on Brooklyn Bridge. The drawing was of a saucer that she saw. Another witness lost one hour on their car clock. Slide number seventeen is an additional drawing of balls coming out the window of the saucer. Number eighteen shows the balls unrolled to reveal three aliens and a woman in the same formation as described by Richard and Dan. Number nineteen is a drawing of another police officer. The saucer is similar apart from a dome on the top of it. Number twenty shows the Richard/Dan drawing showing the same position of Linda and the aliens. Number twenty-one shows that the 'other' police officer's drawing matches -the 'other' cop came forward after Witnessedcame out.
Linda's niece who is a surgeon took an X-Ray of Linda's nostrils. An object was found. It appears to be a shank and two spirals. It is in her right nostril. The night, after the X-Ray had been done, blood came streaming out of Linda's nostril and when she was X-Rayed again the object was no longer there. It had been taken by the aliens during the night!
There was a separate incident of Linda's right nostril bleeding. And this time not only did she bleed, but both her sons and their father and her son's friend, all from the right nostril at the same time on the same night.
There was a procession of cars stopped on the Bridge. Important political figures were there. Pope John Paul II was meeting Mikhail Gorbachev that night and Gorbachev was meeting George Bush the next day. There was a full strike in Czechoslovakia. An important moment in world history. So, on the Bridge were these five cars of political figures. The engines stopped and they all saw Linda's abduction.
Was this staged? Hopkins asks. All previous abductions were covert. As for these political figures, Hopkins says that "one of them was abducted that night" He means Secretary General of the UN, Peres de Cuellar, I don't know why he didn't say his name during the lecture - maybe he wants us to buy his book in order for us to find out - BK. Could the explanation for this be that it is a hoax? Hopkins asks.
Like the Travis Walton case where there were roughly ten people involved, in this case there were a great number of people. There were about twenty in this case so there are only two options. Either it happened or it was a hoax made with collaboration.
To date I occasional work with abductees, and have been asked to guest on talk shows about the subject. The time draws near when all will be revealed to the abductees, many of who believe they have the answers, the experiencers and the contactees.
Police Sergeant Herbert Schirmer claimed that he was abducted by extraterrestrials in 1967. His case was one of those investigated in the Condon Report. He flew to Boulder, Colorado and was examined under hypnosis by psychologist Dr. R. Leo Sprinkle of the University of Wyoming on February 13, 1968. Under hypnosis he told a tale of a blurred white object that came out of what he had at first mistaken for a truck because of blinking red lights. The white object communicated mentally with him, preventing him from drawing his gun. After hypnosis he said that the beings in the vehicle were friendly and came from Venus and drew energy from power lines. The commission's conclusion was "Evaluation of psychological assessment tests, the lack of any evidence, and interviews with the patrolman, left project staff with no confidence that the trooperÕs reported UFO experience was physically real." However, Sprinkle thought Schirmer believed what he was saying.
All abductees believe what they are saying. It is their reality experience and one must respect that ... unless the person is mentally ill - and even then you never know...
Through the years I spent time with some of the notables in UFO research, hardworking people whose destiny it was to unfold the mysteries of the alien abduction scenario and its effects on humans. As a hypnotherapist I have similar stories to report as my fellow researchers. I was never abducted nor have ever encountered a gray alien ... so far.
Josef Allen Hynek (May 1, 1910 - April 27, 1986) was a U.S. astronomer, professor, and well respected ufologist in the old days. He also as scientific advisor to Project Blue Book from 1952 to 1969. n response to many Unidentified Flying Object sightings, the U.S. Air Force established Project Sign in 1948; this later became Project Grudge, which in turn became Project Blue Book in 1952. Hynek was contacted by Project Sign to act as scientific consultant for their investigation of UFO reports. Hynek would study a UFO report and subsequently decide if its description of the UFO suggested a known astronomical object. Hynek was the founder and head of the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS). Founded in 1973 and based in Chicago, CUFOS is an organization stressing scientific analysis of UFO cases. CUFOS extensive archives include valuable files from civilian research groups such as NICAP, one of the most popular and credible UFO research groups of the 1950's and 1960's.
Dr. Leo Sprinkle, a University of Wyoming psychologist, became interested in the abduction phenomenon in the 1960s. For some years, he was probably the only academic figure devoting any time to studying or researching abduction accounts. Sprinkle became convinced of the phenomenon's actuality, and was perhaps the first to suggest a link between abductions and cattle mutilation. Eventually Sprinkle came to believe that he had been abducted by aliens in his youth; he was forced from his job in 1989.
The 1980s brought a major degree of mainstream attention to the subject.
Budd Hopkins - a painter and sculptor by profession - had been interested in UFOs for some years. In the 1970s he became interested in abduction reports, and began using hypnosis in order to extract more details of dimly remembered events. Hopkins soon became a figurehead of the growing abductee subculture. he lives and works here in NYC. Works by Budd Hopkins, Whitley Strieber, David Michael Jacobs and John Mack presented alien abduction as a genuine phenomenon; the very popular X Files television program featured alien abduction as a central theme.
I met Budd Hopkins at a MUFON meeting in Manhattan in June 1989 then spoke with him several times after that. His support group Intruders still exists and several of my clients work with his hypnotherapist as part of ongoing abductions.
The mid and late 1980s saw the involvement of two esteemed academic figures: Harvard psychiatrist John Mack and historian David Michael Jacobs. With Hopkins, Jacobs and Mack, several shifts occurred in the nature of the abduction narratives. There had been earlier abduction reports (the Hills being the best known), but they were believed to be few and far between, and saw rather little attention from ufology (and even less attention from mainstream professionals or academics). Jacobs and Hopkins argued that alien abduction was far more common than earlier suspected; they estimate that tens of thousands (or more) North Americans had been taken by unexplained beings.
Furthermore, Jacobs and Hopkins argued that there was an elaborate scheme underway, that the aliens were attempting a program to create humanÐalien hybrids, though the motives for this scheme were unknown. There were anecdotal reports of phantom pregnancy related to UFO encounters at least as early as the 1960s, but Budd Hopkins and especially David Michael Jacobs were instrumental in popularizing the idea of widespread, systematic interbreeding efforts on the part of the alien intruders.
Despite the relative paucity of corroborative evidence, Jacobs presents this scenario as not only plausible, but self-evident. Hopkins and Jacobs have also been criticized for selective citation of abductee interviews, favoring those which support their hypothesis of extraterrestrial intervention.
The involvement of Jacobs and Mack marked something of a sea change in the abduction studies. Their efforts were controversial (both men saw some degree of damage to their professional reputations), but to other observers, Jacobs and Mack brought a degree of respectability to the subject.
Dr. John Mack was a well known, highly esteemed psychiatrist, author of over 150 scientific articles and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of T.E. Lawrence. Mack became interested in the phenomenon in the late 1980s, interviewing dozens of people, and eventually writing two books on the subject. Mack was somewhat more guarded in his investigations and interpretations of the abduction phenomenon than the earlier researchers. Mack notes when alternative interpretations are viable; throughout Abduction, his first book on the subject, he allows and even considers likely that alien abductions are a new type of visionary experience.
I would agree with Matheson that unlike earlier abduction researchers, Mack was generally quite cautious in his interpretations of physical evidence and corroborative testimony. He places little value in the scars and scratches often attributed to alien "medical" exams, and argues that trying to prove the actuality of alleged "implants" placed in abductees is largely a futile effort. Mack argued that the abduction phenomenon might be the beginning of a major paradigm shift in human consciousness, or "a kind of fourth blow to our collective egoism, following those of Copernicus, Darwin and Freud." (Bryan, 270) Mack also noted that, after an initial period of terror and confusion (a phase he dubbed "ontological shock"), many abductees ultimately regard their experiences more positively, saying that their experiences broadened their consciousness.
In June 1992, Mack co-organized a five-day conference at MIT to discuss and debate the abduction phenomenon. The conference attracted a wide range of professionals, representing a variety of perspectives. (In response to this conference, Mack and Jacobs were awarded an Ig Nobel Prize in 1993). Writer C.D.B. Bryan attended the conference, initially intending to gather information for a short humorous article for The New Yorker. While attending the conference, however, Bryan's view of the subject changed, and he wrote a serious, open-minded book on the phenomenon, additionally interviewing many abductees, skeptics, and proponents.
The Roper Poll -- In 1991, Hopkins, Jacobs and sociologist Dr. Ron Westrum commissioned a Roper Poll in order to determine how many Americans might have experienced the abduction phenomenon. Of nearly 6,000 Americans, 119 answered in a way that Hopkins et al interpreted as supporting their ET interpretation of the abduction phenomenon. Based on this figure, Hopkins et al estimated that nearly four million Americans might have been abducted by extraterrestrials. The poll results are available at this external link: The Roper Poll: UFOs & Extraterrestrial Life, Americans' Beliefs and Personal Experiences However, critics have argued that there were significant problems with the poll's methodology which should invalidate the results. Writing in Skeptical Inquirer, psychologist Susan Blackmore notes that based on her analysis, "I conclude that the claim of the Roper Poll, that 3.7 million Americans have probably been abducted, is false."
As a UFO researchers I have heard most of these conclusion and find them viable.
There have been a variety of explanations offered for abduction phenomena, ranging from sharply skeptical appraisals to uncritical acceptance of all abductee claims. Others have elected not to try explaining things, instead noting similarities to other phenomena, or simply documenting the development of the alien abduction phenomenon.
You are driving in your car or are at home in bed.
You see a light following your car, or in the sky or outside your bedroom window.
If you are in your car, you may pull over to the side of the road against your will, as the light descends to you. The light becomes a craft of some kind, and you see strange beings exit it and come towards you.
and aliens - often grays - appear either from a ship or just by manifestation.
If you are in your bed, you may see aliens come through the door or even through the walls of your room. Or, you may have been sound asleep and suddenly awakened to see them standing there by your bed.
You feel paralyzed. All you can do is watch as these creatures come closer. You are totally paralyzed. Your spouse or friend may be beside you in bed, but you can't speak or move a muscle to awaken them. They sleep on, unaware.
The aliens may speak to you, or you may communicate telepathically. They may touch you or say something to you to calm you as they carry you or "float" you out of the room.
You may be led as you walk under your own power out of the door.
They transport you to the inside of their craft - usually they 'beam you up'.
You find yourself in a room that can look like a doctor's examination room.
They remove your clothing and lay you down on a hard metal or ceramic table.
They examine your body with various instruments,
paying special attention to your genitals and your head.
Many abductees report sexual experiments preformed on them.
Some abductees report biogenetic experiments removing ova or sperm.
They may have sexual intercourse with you, or they may force you to have sex with another human who is present.
They may stick needles into your head. They may insert objects into your ears or nostrils or behind your eyes. They make take tissue samples from various parts of your body.
Place tiny implants in your body to track or monitor you.
In many cases post traumatic syndrome and evidence of physical markings, will follow this event.
Telepathic information may include:
They may show you rooms containing other humans or nurseries full of babies and that one or more are yours.
They may then return you to the place from which they took you and vanish as suddenly as they appeared. Some people experience 'missing time'. They find unable to explain their whereabouts for minutes - hours - or even days. Often they find themselves waking to unfamiliar surroundings. Sometimes their clothing is disheveled, or completely missing. They are dazed and scared especially since they do not remember what happened.
You may be consciously aware of all these events the next day, or you may not remember them at all. If you were in your car, you may have 'lost time' going from place A to place B. You may not be able to explain why it took you longer to make your trip than it should have. You may have unexplained morning nosebleeds, or unexplainable scars on your body. Parts of your body may be inexplicably bruised or sore. These symptoms may happen with regularity, and you may suffer from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress syndrome.
If you seek help, you may be referred to someone who uses hypnosis to recover lost memories, and the above events may only come to your awareness under hypnosis. Hypnosis may also bring out memories of abductions going back to your early childhood.
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